Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) announced his intention to arrest state Democrats who left when they were slated to vote on a critical and hotly contested bill in the Texas House earlier in the week according to The Daily Caller.
Abbott made his comments during an interview with Fox News’s Laura Ingraham on Monday night where he said that when they return from their escape he plans to have the legislatures detained.
“The State House of Representatives who are here in the capitol … they do have the ability to issue a call to have fellow members who are not showing up to be arrested, but only so long as the arrest is made in the state of Texas. That’s why they have fled the state,” Abbott told Ingraham.
The Democrats were standing against a bill that would add new and improved identification requirements for mail-in voting. The bill would also prohibit local election officials from sending the ballots applications to those who haven’t requested them.
Additionally, the bill Democrats were so desperate to block bans drive-thru voting and seeks to expand access for bipartisan poll watchers.
Democrats took exception to the bill, saying in a statement released Monday that they were making their move to “protect Texans” from “Trump Republicans.”
“We are now taking the fight to our nation’s Capitol,” the statement said. We are living on borrowed time in Texas. We need Congress to act now to pass the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act to protect Texans — and all Americans — from the Trump Republicans’ nationwide war on democracy.”
Their resolve might be tested, however, since Abbott was clear about what the Democrats who left during their workday would be facing when they returned home:
“Once they step back into the state of Texas, they will be arrested and brought to the Texas Capitol, and we will be conducting business,” Abbott said.